The Salvation Army of Orlando Opens Shelters to Homeless Ahead of Hurricane Irma
By: Tiffani Jett, Public Relations and Marketing Manager
As Hurricane Irma moves toward the State of Florida, officials are cautioning residents to not underestimate its impact. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall in Orlando late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
The Salvation Army of Orlando will provide sheltering for homeless women, children and men starting Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4 PM. Shelter occupants must bring clothing for the duration of their stay, personal care items and health supplies. Residents with pets or special needs are encouraged to call 407-836-9319 or visit www.orangecountyfl.net/ for more information.
“We are standing with the City of Orlando to keep our most vulnerable population safe in the storm,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “Additionally, we are monitoring the storm. Once the weather improves, occupants will be free to leave the shelters.”
Ways to Give:
- Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
- Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- Text: STORM to 51555
- Mail: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
- Please designate ‘Hurricane Irma’ on all checks.
For donations earmarked for Hurricane Irma, 100% of each donation is used to support the effort. Funds may be used to provide food and drink to survivors, cleaning supplies and other essential commodities, direct financial aid to those affected or to support disaster relief workers serving in the area.
At this point, in-kind donations are NOT being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825)
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.